'NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Opens Up About Cote de Pablo's Departure
Ever since news broke about Cote de Pablo's departure from the highly popular CBS hit 'NCIS,' fans have been sobbing hysterically wondering what the rest of the cast has to say about this latest shake-up to the show. And as it turns out, her on-screen boss had a few comments on the matter.
While appearing on Thursday night's 'Arsenio Hall Show,' Mark Harmon (who plays Pablo's no-nonsense, head-slapping boss, Leroy Jethro Gibbs) finally broke his silence on his co-star's exit from the series after eight great seasons. "We've had a lot of changes, and we've managed to get better with the changes both in front of the camera and behind the camera," Harmon remarked. "We have another change this year, with Cote leaving. It's up to this highly professional group to use that as a springboard, to improve and stay number one."
Ziva David's (de Pablo) swan song is scheduled to happen during the second episode of the show’s upcoming 11th season and will center around Tony (Michael Weatherly) traveling to Israel to locate Ziva. So maybe we'll get to see some last minute sparks fly between these two once more. (Please?)
Pablo announced her exit from the show back in July, shocking fans and causing a massive Twitter and letter-writing campaign to "save" Ziva. Executive producer Gary Glasberg recently responded to the uproar, insisting that the writers were handling her departure with "the utmost care and decency." If I were you, I'd stock up on tissues.
As one of the only main female roles on the show, de Pablo brought the lovely-yet-highly-skilled-assassin to life and transformed her into an unforgettable character. She will most certainly be missed.
Check out Harmon's full interview on 'Arsenio' below:
Tune in for the 'NCIS' season premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. (ET) on CBS.